The True People Power

Had a chance to visit my friendster profile recently, and realized I have blog entries pala sa FS profile ko. Below is one of the Blogs I’ve migrated from Friendster Blog.

We have had EDSA I which toppled the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. We also had EDSA II which evicted the “accused plunderer” Joseph Estrada from office. Then there was what they call EDSA III aiming to remove the small lady in Malacanang but unfortunately didn’t succed (probably because there were no clear purpose). After all, what have we got? Did this parliament of the streets changed the lives of the Filipinos, and how did it made us politically mature?

Before the surfacing of “Hello Garci” scandal, I didn’t thought Philippine politics would be more exciting yet more degrading. When this scandal came out on media in 2005, political scenario in the country has been very annoying, left and right political bickerings between pro-administration camps and the opposition. From then on different protest rallies are staged asking for the resignation of President Macapagal-Arroyo. There were also coup attemps but non have succeded. Many issues also have became hot topics and some were the Impeachment and Charter Change.

Opposition parties have filed several impeachment complaints against the president in the hope of removing her from office, but Arroyo allies managed not to make it happen. With that, pro-admin lawmakers move their way to change the constitution and it went all the way into converting the Lower House into a constituent assembly, but same as impeachment it also din’t worked.Different investigations in aid of legislation as they say, have been done, sacrificing their main duty of law creation and passage.

Isn’t irritating to know that our lawmakers which we elected to create relevant laws to uplift our standard of living are very busy quarrelling to push their selfish motives and agendas. Yes we need critics and fiscalizers in the government so that we may protect it from abusive officials, but it shouldn’t be OA and exaggerated to the point that they’re forgetting their true duty and mandate, and that is to create and pass relevant laws. But who is to blame? We should realize that these people wont be there if not for our votes. So it is high time that we realize the importance of our votes. Yes we may have succeded in changing leadership by parliament of the streets twice, but its effects are short lived. Now is the time to use our true power, the parliament of pen, our VOTING POWER.

Now that election is forthcoming, let’s not waste this opportunity to correct our past mistakes. Voting the right people is the most powerful thing we can do to start the change. We should be very critical and keen in choosing the candidates who will be serving the government. We should vote for those people who have the passion to create significant laws that will truly uplift our lives and not just to criticize and investigate in “aid of legislation”. I recently watched a news item regarding the upcoming election, and I remember a certain religious leader turned politician calling for people to vote for candidates who will push the impeachment against the president, how disappointing. Instead of aiming to create relevant laws they’re longing to install lawmakers that will impeach the small lady in Malacanang, isn’t disgusting? Can we entrust our votes to people whose main purpose in getting to Senate or House of Representative is to impeach a president and not to make laws which is their sworn duty? I am not campaigning against the opposition nor am i campaigning for the candidates of the administration, but my point is, let’s be more descerning. Try to know the candicates well and study their credentials astutely, so that when the election day comes we will have the best candidates installed in our goverment. Candidates who will serve to their best and for the best of our people. Its not yet too late to start and change the course of our country, and no one can make it happen but YOU, I, we all Filipinos who still believe that someday Philippines will rise to its former glory.

Mabuhay ang Malaya at Mapanuring Pilipino

God bless us all

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